The View

That is the view out our front window from our site at Myakka River Motorcoach Resort.

Nothing like a beautiful sunset to end the perfect day.

We spent the morning stocking up on supplies and then we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with family.

I had to chuckle though. At one point we were asked what do we do with our time. So I asked the same question. Well, they said, we work, then get home, do household chores, and other everyday tasks.

We do much the same except that we don’t work so we have an extra eight to ten hours to do the other things that we enjoy doing. For me, that includes photography, music, cycling, investments, technology and, believe it or not, working on the coach. That easily takes up eight to ten hours in a day.

Most days, I wonder where the time has gone. Especially on those 10-hour driving days!

It is wonderful being retired.

As a friend told me, every night is a Friday night and every day is a Saturday.

We worked long and hard to get here.

New beginnings are just that. They are new and at this point in our lives we get to shape them without a job to set the boundaries of what we can — or cannot — do with this wonderful gift of time.

Myakka River Motorcoach Resort

Look at them awnings! They stayed put until we wanted them to deploy.

After a long 800km drive — almost 10 hours of continuous driving behind the wheel — we pulled into Myakka River Motorcoach Resort just minutes before closing.

They had a special welcome sign just for us at the check-in. A very nice touch to a stunning resort property. Thrilled that we get to spend a month here.

It was late and I did not have much time to take photos but I did snap a few of our site. We face the river with an incredible view.

More details about the park over the next few days.

Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort

We arrived to Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort late yesterday afternoon. Rain followed us the whole way down.

Lorraine went to the office to register while I unhooked our coach. Much to my dismay, we had “lost” one of our tow bar hitch pins.

We had made one, and only one, stop on our drive down from Mountain Falls. And that was at a Pilot in Bowman, South Carolina. Before I started to fuel the coach, I did a quick circle check to make sure everything was fine with the rig. And it was.

I guess I should have checked again before we left.

There was a pretty rough group of people in the lane beside us in a black pickup truck. They were not at the pump itself, more like twenty feet or so behind it. Outside of my visual range.

I really didn’t think much about them. There are rough people throughout Canada and the United States.

I was shocked to see that a hitch pin had been removed from the tow bar. Fortunately, the main locking pin that attaches the tow bar to the baseplate of the car was still in place. I’d hate to think what might have happened if we had lost that pin as we were travelling.

Our mission later this morning is to find some spare pins before we resume our journey south tomorrow.

Hilton Head looks best at night however I did not have my camera with me when we walked through the park last evening.

I did walk through this morning and here are a few shots to share with you.

This park has a lot of vegetation. Trees provide a canopy over much of the area and the landscaping is well developed. Most of the sites are occupied by Class A rigs. Very few Class B or C rigs. Fifth wheels are not permitted.

Some wonderful rigs like this old Prevost. Hard to make out, but the upper shades read: “Marty’s World”.

And a newer Prevost.

And look who’s here? Ryan from I’ve followed him for a while. And, since Lorraine and I currently do not have a stick and brick property, we can relate to being sort of homeless. Or, as someone has told us, not homeless, home free.

Girard Awnings Recall?

Awnings on a motorcoach are pretty cool. They provide shade. They provide some bling with LED lighting. And they can extend your outdoor living space.

If you happen to have Girard awnings, they might also unexpectedly extend and cause you lots of problems.

There is a grounding issue in their product that can cause random deployments of the awnings when your coach is put into park.

That is what happened to our coach about six weeks ago. Our dealer was bringing the coach into the service bay when the random deployment happened. They had parked the coach. Then they took it out of park to bring it into the service bay.

The front awning decided to extend all on its own.

Scratch one awning.

As the service manager explained the issue to me, I initially thought it was due to human factors. I mean, how can an awning decide to deploy on its own? What combination of events would cause this to happen?

It seems as though Newmar and Girard don’t quite know. Right now, the issue is being blamed on wiring and/or grounding. Which means that even after being stranded for almost six weeks waiting for the replacement parts to come in, we still have a product that could randomly deploy.

We were told to unplug the awnings from the 110V outlets when not in use and we will continue to do so until there is a proper fix in place.

In our coach, there are two white controllers, one for each awning. They are not hard to find and whenever Girard and Newmar do the right thing, which is a product recall, it is best to keep them unplugged while not in use to prevent a random deployment.

This is likely a widespread issue across the recent line of coaches from Newmar. Our model is a 2016. There are other coaches built in 2017 and 2018 that have experienced random deployments of awnings.

There is a thread about this issue on the Newmar Owner’s forum over at iRV2 which offers some additional insight.

Unfortunate that this issue happened to us. Fortunate that it happened while we were at the dealer as opposed to leaving a fuel stop for an Interstate.

Mountain Falls, North Carolina

After a long driving day, we arrived at Mountain Falls in North Carolina.

We left Stonewall Jackson this morning at 8am and pulled into our site at Mountain Falls just before 5pm. Only one stop at around 11:30am for fuel.

We get to rest here for a couple of nights before making our way to Hilton Head Island.

I think Lorraine is happy to have a bit of a break. I know I am. The last hour or so coming into Mountain Falls was tense.

I think our GPS led us astray and took us down the worst possible roads for a big rig.

Although we had read about the challenging drive into this particular resort.

If you come here, you had better make sure that you can handle your rig on narrow, twisting mountain roads.

The property itself is beautifully maintained. Our site overlooks a par 3 water hole — there is a golf course that winds its way around the resort — and the fall colours are in full display every where you look..

It will be nice to have a bit of a break from the driving tomorrow. A few tasks in the job jar but otherwise a recovery day.

And the awnings?

They stayed put during the drive. More on that story tomorrow.